[Subtleties of the Ascension] Subtleties of the Ascension
Early Mystical sayings on The Prophet Muhammad’s Heavenly Journey The Isra wa Mi'raj
As compiled by Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman Sulami
Translated and annotated by Frederick S. Colby
This first time translation into any language of a recently discovered tenth century manuscript provides a window into the thought-world of the early Muslim mystics known as the Sufis, and offers a comparative case of mystical exegesis for those interested in mysticism more generally.
Fifty-six teachings on a variety of ascension-related issues illustrate the profoundly creative imagination of such early Sufi mystics as Hallaj, Junayd, and Bistami, demonstrating their remarkable ability to mine gems of insight from the deepest depths of spiritual experience, and highlighting their abiding love for the Prophet Muhammad.